Government offices, most European firms and the larger Chinese business houses are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday with an hour for lunch. Many Chinese businesses open from 9.00am to 6.00pm or later, Monday to Saturday.
The majority of banks are open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and Saturday 9.00am to 12.30pm.
Major department stores open from 10.30am to 10.00pm, Monday to Sunday. Many Chinese shops keep extended hours, opening from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily.
Public holidays - 2015
January 1 – New Year's Day
February 19 - 21 – Lunar New Year
April 3 - 4 – Easter Festival
April 6 - 7 – Ching Ming Festival
May 1 – Labour Day
May 25 – The Buddha’s Birthday
June 20 – Tuen Ng Festival
July 1 – Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day
September 27 -28 – Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
October 1 – National Day
October 21 – Chung Yeung Festival
December 25-26 – Christmas Day
Chinese New Year, August and late December are not good times to for business. Many business people will leave Hong Kong for holidays overseas. Arranging appointments with prospective agents and distributors can be difficult.
Hong Kong’s climate is subtropical and monsoonal. Winter (December to February) is cool and dry with an average temperature of 15ºC. Summer (May to September) is hot, humid and rainy, with an average temperature of around 28ºC. The humidity level is very high around 66 per cent and temperatures are consistently around 34ºC during the summer months. A compact umbrella is a useful accessory at this time of year.
During the hot months (May to October) light or tropical clothing is needed. For the cooler months, heavier clothing and a lightweight coat are appropriate.
Typhoons (also known as tropical cyclones) are more likely to hit during the warmer months of July through to September. Flying debris from high winds is unpredictable and can be extremely dangerous. In high winds and rain remain indoors away from windows and follow instructions on news reports on TV and radio. Typhoons can also severely impact on flight and other transport schedules. It is best to check with your airline and other carriers.
For weather details in Hong Kong, please visit the World Meteorological Organization or the Hong Kong Observatory.
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The official currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is divided into 100 cents.
Hong Kong dollars are freely available at currency conversion outlets in banks and airports.
Time zones and time differences
Hong Kong is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). Hong Kong has no daylight-saving time during the Northern Hemisphere summer. To find out the current time in Hong Kong, visit the World Clock.
Hong Kong's country code is +852.
For calls to Hong Kong from Australia dial: 0011 + 852 + area code + telephone number.
For calls from Hong Kong to Australia dial: 001 + 61 + area code + telephone number.
For further information (eg. area codes) please visit the White Pages - international dialling codes.
Electricity and water
Hong Kong’s power supply is 220 volts, 50Hz. The British square three-pin plugs are the most common.
Links and resources
Travel and tourism
Discover Hong Kong
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